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Cargill Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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  • Work/Life Balance is a sin, there is none, you just deal with it (in 58 reviews)

  • Different business units has worst management that doesn't reflect Cargill (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Account manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Huge company with alot of room for growth. If willing, you can move all over the world and still stay with Cargill. Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    Sometimes the company can seem so large that you get lost. Not quick to make changes like SAP, management overhaul


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Middle Office in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Middle Office in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very open, easily approchable and nice. Good environment and culture

    Cons

    Hard to move up without switching platforms. Responsibilities are not clearly defined. Poor training.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Like being addicted to racing a bike down a road laden with potholes against cars driving towards you."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Respected, fiscally responsible, well run, global, diversified, stable, decent vacation allotment, uses size to its advantage, excellent CEO working to make change

    Cons

    Too process oriented, lack of innovation, lower than market pay, good ol' boys club, extremely political, middle management all uninspiring cookie cutter white male clones more interested in his career than what is best for Cargill, advancement based on who you know instead of what you know, innovation not rewarded if done out of turn, punishment for having good ideas, conforming rewarded over ideation

    Advice to Management

    Cargill used to be a great company in the not too distant pass. Be aware of the quality of management, and start to reward innovation and ideation, regardless of the source. Crack down on poor performance across the board, and break up the boys club. Be wary of outside business process consultants, their words sound good, but why do we want to lose the differentiation that defines Cargill and gives us significant advantages? You could be great again!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Plant production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits that start immediately. Pay is adequate compared to local scale. Passionate about safety for employees, vendors and customers on site.

    Cons

    Undergoing a great deal of change. Many industry wide changes are affecting company policies and facilities are not manned adequately to put them into place. Too much, too fast, and too few to get it done correctly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Focus. Focus. Prioritize what needs to be done and then adequately support the top priority items with time, money and manpower to ensure success.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Navigating Through Corporate Change"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wayzata, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment - High Ethics
    Beautiful Campus with Cafeteria
    Good Benefits
    Variety of Career Opportunities
    Emphasis on Professional Growth

    Cons

    Job Instability for Accounting, HR, or IT - Offshore or Service Centers
    Rapid Change - Loss of Main Contacts and Past Knowledge, Changing to Tickets or Email Address
    Politics - Stressful
    Big Company - Sometimes Poor Communication

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the many past years and memories. Good Luck in the future. Experience and loyalty is very valuable and it takes longer than planned to replace that efficiency.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of agility and innovation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Hopkins, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, convenient location, people in the R&D group are amazing - wealth of knowledge. Good vacation (if negotiated) and ok benefits.

    Cons

    The company lacks agility, and the focus is shifting aways from innovation. The few innovation focused businesses are struggling, with experienced people driven put to other companies. When it comes to marketing, the company is years behind. There's vague understanding of modern marketing practices, the value of marketing or career paths. It's great for someone in Sales, Commercial roles or Supply Chain.

    Advice to Management

    The world is changing, focusing on doing business the same way it's been done won't prepare the company for future growth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "10 years at Cargill"

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    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    diversity, inclusive environment, flexible work arrangements, telecommuting options, great culture, great people

    Cons

    high workload, slow advances in technology, slow career advancement, experience valued over education, constant restructuring/reorganizing causing job losses


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nice company but not really smart with software"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cargill is a good company to work with and they really have a genuine desire to help their employees. They have an EXCELLENT flexible work arrangement.

    Cons

    As a programmer it wasn't the most Ideal situation. There was so many network and protocol restrictions and most web sites were blocked from viewing it was like pulling teeth to get anything done. I felt like they didn't trust their employees. Also, they were switching QA to be completely outsourced. I think that is a big risk since you could loose the domain knowledge. They didn't put enough emphasis on QA it was more of an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more and quit tying your developers hands behind their backs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Consider the fit and know your value"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gainesville, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A large company with decent benefits focused on modernization. Experience from a modern company is valued. In my opinion the long term out look for the company is positive and the company ESOP is a valuable incentive. I enjoyed my time with Cargill and it's people.

    Cons

    The company is going through a lot of change as they are reorganize for efficiency. That increases challenges for individuals as the leadership drives top down changes which can result in uncertainty as the company redefines itself. The company cultural is political and places value on being aligned more than adding value.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you're focusing on hiring experience that has a proven ability to add value to the company. Also consider the value of current employees experience and ensure pay is competitive. I'd like to note in my opinion Market leaders set trends rather than following them. Lastly, employees can drive valuable cost saving change when empowered to do so.


  11. "Finance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits. good vacation. flexible work schedule

    Cons

    no advancement. no coaching. no training

    Advice to Management

    more coaching to employees.


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